After days feel like weeks nowadays, the depressing feeling of the empty streets doesn’t want to stop and you just long for the sparkling rays of the Eiffel Tower at night and a good bottle of wine. Right now I miss Paris enormously. I miss walking the streets and being overwhelmed by the architecture. I miss admiring the Arc de Triomphe and following the scent of croissants. If you are currently feeling a great wanderlust for Paris, today I share some tips on how you can bring Paris into your own four walls.
How to bring Paris to your home
Enjoy something that reminds you of Paris
It is of course easier to conjure up a French breakfast for yourself. With croissants, pain au chocolat, a hot chocolate and orange juice, you can spark a little Parisian feeling.
Listen to French music
Music can do so much! That’s why I created a Paris playlist to remind me of the beauty of France.
My top songs on it are:
- Édith Piaf – La vie en rose
- Sidney Bechet – Petite fleur
- Joséphine Baker – Paris, Paris
- Joe Dassin – Les Champs-Elysées
- Charles Trenet – Douce France
- Édith Piaf – Non, je ne regrette rien
- Emilie-Claire Barlow – Chez moi
I hope that these songs will also bring a little Paris to your heart or at least a smile on your face.
Make a Paris movie night
In addition to music, films are of course a great way to bring the city into your own living room! Here are some of my favorites:
- Midnight in Paris
- Before Sunset
- Paris, Je t’aime
- La vie en rose
- An American in Paris
- Moulin Rouge
Visit Paris virtually
As long as you have internet, you can currently visit many cities and sights virtually. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. There are virtual tours of Paris and these include:
Look at old pictures of Paris
If you’ve ever been to Paris, now is the time to get your photos out! Take a look at the photos and reminisce.
How about if you would print them out too? You could also present particularly beautiful photos in your living room and you would be reminded of Paris every day.
Brush up on your language skills
At a time when you can’t physically visit Paris, you could at least learn a new language (i.e. French), right? Yes, I thought to myself – and still haven’t started. But maybe this idea is just right for you anyway?
PS: Don’t feel bad if you don’t suddenly learn three new languages and start five new sports during the quarantine. It is okay!
Read Paris Travel Guides and use Pinterest as an Inspiration
Pinterest can be a hell of an inspiration, even during these hard times. I love browsing through older travel posts of Paris and educate myself about the beautiful French city.
After all, we won’t have to stay in the house forever and so you can already build up some anticipation.
I hope you liked these creative ways to recreate Paris in your home. Here are some other Paris travel tips:
- Layover Guide to Paris
- A perfect weekend in Paris
- A guide to the best Macarons
- Paris‘ best Eiffel Tower views
- Paris Travel Tips
- Instagram Spots in Paris
- Should you visit Paris in winter?
- Christmas Spots in Paris